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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 6 April

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 6 April

Published by May Norman at 6:14am 6th April 2020. (Updated at 5:50pm 6th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 6 April

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):


Charity supporting unpaid carers in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale 

A charity is urging unpaid carers to get in touch for advice and support during the coronavirus crisis.

Carers’ Resource, which covers the Bradford, Harrogate and Skipton districts, has staff working from home giving carers information, advice and a listening ear.

The charity’s chief executive Chris Whiley said:

“Our offices are closed to the public, staff are working from home to deal with phone calls and electronic queries, and we are linked in with the official district coronavirus response led by the council.

“We aim to continue providing a service no matter what the situation."


Hubs set up in North Yorkshire schools and nurseries for children of critical workers

A series of hubs have been set up in schools and nurseries across North Yorkshire to make sure critical workers have childcare throughout bank holidays, weekends and other times where there is no other local provision.

North Yorkshire County Council has worked with schools and settings to set up small hubs, located close to hospitals across the county, which will care for pre-school and school-aged children of key workers from Good Friday.

They will operate from 7.45am to 5.45pm and will continue to operate as long as they are needed throughout the pandemic. 

You can find out more here.  




Live question and answer session with North Yorkshire leaders 

Police, fire and council leaders will take questions about coronavirus in a live broadcast tomorrow.

The meeting will be live-streamed on YouTube and the council's website from 1.30pm and will be led by North Yorkshire commissioner Julia Mulligan.  

More information can be found here.  


North Yorkshire Trading Standards giving free business advice

North Yorkshire’s Trading Standards service is offering free advice to businesses in the county to support them during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The County Council service will waive fees for its business advice for the next six months. A specialist team of officers can provide advice on all aspects of trading standards law, including helping businesses to diversify into different product areas or to move their business online or to a takeaway service. 

North Yorkshire County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said:

“We understand how difficult this time is for businesses and we know that access to advice can make a significant difference to the success of a business, so we are pleased to be able to make this offer to all North Yorkshire businesses.”



Four more coronavirus deaths in North Yorkshire 

Four more people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in North Yorkshire in the past 24 hours.  Three of the deaths were at Harrogate Hospital.  

You can read more here.  


Yorkshire first cricket club to furlough staff

Yorkshire have become the first county to furlough their players and cricket staff in response to the coronavirus crisis.

With the domestic season delayed until May 28th and more postponements expected, discussions over pay reductions, deferrals and furlough options had been ongoing with the 18 first-class counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association.


Parking permit scheme suspended in Craven

In line with current government directives, Craven District Council has made all council car parks free for key workers, community volunteers and those carrying out essential shopping.

The council has suspended the Business Parking Permit scheme and the Residents’ Parking Permit Scheme for three months, when the position will be reviewed. 

The council is reminding people not use the car parks unless they are key workers, essential shoppers or volunteers.

Read the full story here


'Lockdown list' to raise funds for kidney disease

Kidney Research Yorkshire are asking people to add their own songs to their 'lockdown list' and donate towards improving the lives of patients living with kidney disease.

All you need to do is a pick your favourite song, pay a donation and listen to the playlist to help get you through lockdown!

More information about the charity and lockdown list can be found here.


Yorkshire Fire & Rescue services team up to aid Yorkshire Ambulance

Four fire services from across Yorkshire & Humber, including North Yorkshire, have volunteered to support Yorkshire Ambulance Service during the COVID-19 outbreak.

North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humberside fire and rescue services underwent the necessary training last week and will get to work next!

Well done to all involved! 👏 


Stay safe from Coppice Valley Primary School

A nice positive message to brighten up your Monday! 👏

The staff at Coppice Valley Primary School in Harrogate have put together a video to remind people to stay safe and to keep smiling whilst at home.


ICYMI: First shows for Harrogate Comedy Festival announced

Harrogate Comedy Festival is back!

It's the 12th year of Harrogate's festival of funny talent, and it's set to go ahead from Monday 5th October - Saturday 17th October 2020.

Some of the line-up for 2020 has already been announced with Bridget Christie, Kae Kurd, Tez Ilyas, Jason Byrne, Fascinating Aida, Iain Stirling, Jimeoin and Jimmy Carr among the shows still available.


Major film releases pushed back until 2021

Many major film releases have been pushed back until 2021 and beyond due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The list includes Disney classic Mulan, highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place 2 and Marvel blockbuster Black Widow.

See the full list of films and their new US release dates here


Childcare hubs available across North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council have launched a series of childcare hubs across the County to support critical workers who are struggling with childcare.

The hubs are available for pre-school children 7 days a week, and school-age children on weekends and bank-holidays.

They'll be operating from 7:45am to 5:45pm and parents or carers will be able to book onto these hubs for different sessions throughout the day.

Read more here


Craven Council launch scheme to help community support groups

Craven District Council has made £10,000 available to support grass-roots organisations that are providing key supplies for vulnerable residents in the district.

The Craven Coronavirus Grant Scheme has been developed to offer grants to eligible groups, networks and organisations within the district.

Community mutual aid groups can apply for between £50 and £500 from the grant scheme.

Read more here.


Beware of germs on surfaces

Being aware of how germs linger can go a long way towards avoiding spreading them.

Germs can live on surfaces for several hours, so always carry tissues to ensure you catch your sneeze or cough and bin the tissue!


Warning issued to Harrogate businesses who flout coronavirus rules

A number of Harrogate businesses who have shrugged off lockdown laws to stay open have been warned they will face fines if they continue to trade – with one pub being handed a health risk notice after it was caught pulling pints for customers.

Almost 30 firms have been contacted by Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police for falling foul of the government restrictions aimed at stemming the coronavirus pandemic.

And although most companies quickly complied – one unnamed pub was served a prohibition notice after a visit by police officers.

Read the full story here



Community pulls together for Airedale hospital

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust have issued a heartfelt “thank you” to the community for an overwhelming response to its appeal for items to help staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Local people, businesses and charitable and voluntary organisations have handed over more than 7000 individual items such as drinks, snacks, hand cream and disposable wipes, and donations continue to arrive every day.

Airedale chief executive Brendan Brown said:

“Now more than ever before we are aware that the hospital sits at the heart of our community. The range of people and organisations who have got involved in supporting us in this way is staggering – large and small, they are giving so much to help us and we are truly grateful."

Read the full story here

Coronavirus thank you from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust on Vimeo.


Useful information for those with learning disabilities

Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust have put together a document for those with learning difficulties to bring with them should they need the Emergency Department amid the coronavirus crisis.

The document includes useful information for medical staff to follow on how best to support them.

Download the document here


Every Mind Matters

Don't let your mental health suffer whilst you're at home.

Yorkshire Ambulance have shared a link to the #EveryMindMatters website, giving expert advice and practical tips on how to look after your mental health.



Harrogate given cash boost to help struggling businesses

Harrogate Borough Council has been given an extra £10million to help firms weather the coronavirus storm – as the first batch of business grants are this week sent out.

The local authority previously said it was expecting to get around £40million from the government as part of its Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant measures.

But on Thursday (2 April) it was confirmed that the actual figure is £50,128,000.

Read the full story here


North Yorkshire School Virtual Games Challenge

Just because our children aren't at school, it doesn't mean they can't compete in a series of fun challenges!

Today marks Week 1 of North Yorkshire Sport's 'Virtual Games Challenge' in which children in Year 3-11 can compete to get the highest score in different activities.

Week 1 is 'Speedbounce' - which takes place with a rolled up towel placed on a hard surface, the object being to see how many jumps you can manage.

See more details and full list of rules here.


ICYMI: The Queen's address

Did you catch Her Majesty The Queen's speech last night?

The Queen addressed the nation on television, radio and online amid the coronavirus pandemic, in what was only the fifth broadcast outside of Christmas Day in her 68-year-reign.

See the full video below from the Royal Family Twitter account:


Bin collections to be earlier across Harrogate district

Don't forget!

Harrogate Borough Council are reminding people across the area that this weeks bin collections will be earlier than usual.

Type in your postcode and see your collection times here


ICYMI: Skipton Ladies FC take on toilet roll challenge

Skipton Ladies Football Team have put together a brilliant video on their social media, with various players taking on the toilet roll challenge to encourage people to stay at home.

The video includes some silky skills from different members of the team - plus a few special guests!

Watch it here:


Harrogate International Festivals cancel Summer Season

Harrogate International Festivals have announced that they are cancelling this year's HIF Summer Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The season was due to include the Harrogate Music Festival, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Berwins Salon North, Spiegeltent and Children’s Festival, as well as several outdoor theatre and community events.

In a statement from Sharon Canavar, HIF's Chief Executive, she expressed her 'regret and sadness' that it cannot go ahead:

"This difficult decision was made after carefully assessing several factors, but most importantly the health and safety of everyone involved: our audience, artists, suppliers, partners, volunteers, staff and the wider community."


Hotels help Harrogate's NHS Nightingale Hospital

The Army, police and NHS officials have continued to work on transforming Harrogate Convention Centre into an NHS Nightingale.

Hotels in Harrogate are also playing their part by hosting those key workers turning the venue into a temporary hospital.

Read more here:


Putting lives at risk

The Health Secretary's urged the "small minority" of people who are breaking social distancing rules this weekend to stop putting lives at risk.

Some people across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are continuing to ignore the government's guidance.

There were reports of a street part in Harrogate and walkers from Bradford stopped at Malham Cove.